Celtics vs Cavaliers NBA Prediction, Pick and Preview 02/01/23

Celtics vs Cavaliers NBA Prediction, Pick and Preview 02/01/23

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Cavaliers money line +165
Cavaliers spread +2.5 (-110)
Celtics money line -217
Celtics spread -2.5 (-110)
Over / under 222.5

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics
Record 35-27 44-17
Home / road record 17-15 20-10
Streak W5 W3
Points per game 114.00 118.00
Points allowed per game 112.00 112.00
Rebounds per game 42.00 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.00 43.00
Over / under record 32-28-2 30-30-1
 

Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue at home and will host the Boston Celtics at the Madison Square Garden on Monday night. These teams already faced each other twice earlier this season and they're tied 1-1. The last time they met in Cleveland, the Celtics outscored the Cavaliers 133-118.  Jaylen Brown scored 30 points, Jayson Tatum added 26, while reserve guard Sam Hauser set career highs with 16 points and five 3-pointers. Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 14 points. Boston shot 13 for 27 from long distance in the first half and then went 14 for 24 over the last two quarters.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the most surprising teams in the NBA this season, with a record of 39-25, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The team has been led by their dynamic duo of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, who have been putting up impressive numbers this season. Mitchell is averaging 27.2 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, while Garland is averaging 22.1 points over his last 10 games.

The Cavaliers have been a solid offensive team this season, averaging 111.9 points per game and outscoring opponents by 5.4 points per game. They have been shooting the ball well, with a field goal percentage of 50.7% over their last 10 games. The Cavaliers will look to continue their hot shooting against a tough Celtics defense.

Defensively, the Cavaliers have been a solid unit, allowing just 104.6 points per game over their last 10 games. They will need to bring their best defensive effort against the Celtics, who are one of the NBA's best teams. The Cavaliers will need to focus on stopping Jayson Tatum, who has been one of the NBA's most impressive players this season. In addition to Tatum, the Cavaliers will also need to keep an eye on players like Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, who are both capable of putting up big numbers.

The Cavaliers have already beaten the Celtics twice this season, and they will look to make it a clean sweep against their Eastern Conference rivals. The team has been playing well recently, winning seven of their last 10 games, and they will look to continue their hot streak against the Celtics. The Cavaliers have been impressive this season, with Mitchell and Garland leading the way, but they have also had contributions from players like Collin Sexton, who is averaging 24.5 points per game, and Jarrett Allen, who has been a force on the boards.

One of the biggest advantages for the Cavaliers in this matchup is their team depth. The team has a solid supporting cast that has been stepping up when needed, and they have been able to weather injuries to key players throughout the season. The Cavaliers will look to use their depth and recent form to secure a crucial win against the Celtics.

 

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have been one of the NBA's most successful franchises, with 17 championships to their name. This season, the team has continued to build on that legacy, currently sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 44-18. The Celtics' success this season has been in large part due to the emergence of their young superstar, Jayson Tatum.

Tatum has been one of the NBA's most impressive players this season, averaging 30.1 points per game, sixth in the league. His ability to score from anywhere on the court has made him a nightmare for opposing defenses, and he has quickly become one of the league's most exciting players to watch. Tatum has been a consistent scorer for the Celtics this season, putting up 30 or more points in 16 games this season.

In addition to Tatum, the Celtics have a talented supporting cast that includes players like Jaylen Brown, who is averaging 24.7 points per game, and Marcus Smart, one of the NBA's top defensive players. However, the Celtics have been dealing with some injuries recently, with Jaylen Brown out due to personal reasons and Danilo Gallinari sidelined with a knee injury. The team will need other players to step up in their absence, and the Celtics will look to players like Derrick White, who is averaging 16.6 points and 4.7 assists over his last 10 games, to help fill the void.

On the defensive end, the Celtics have been one of the NBA's best teams this season, allowing just 112.0 points per game, eighth in the league. They are a formidable defensive unit, and they will need to bring their A-game against a talented Cavaliers team. The Celtics have been successful in limiting their opponents' scoring, and they will look to continue that trend against the Cavaliers.

The Celtics and the Cavaliers have already met twice this season, with the Cavaliers winning both games. However, the Celtics will look to turn things around in this matchup and secure a crucial win as they continue their push towards the playoffs.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Boston are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games.

Boston are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.

Boston are 12-6 SU in their last 18 games against Cleveland.

Boston are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland.

Cleveland are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games.

Cleveland are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games against Boston.

Cleveland are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Celtics and the Cavaliers have already faced off twice this season, with the Cavaliers coming out on top in both matchups. However, the Celtics are a resilient team and will look to turn things around in this matchup. The Celtics will need to rely on players like Jayson Tatum and Derrick White to carry the load on the offensive end, while also bringing their best defensive effort to slow down the Cavaliers' dynamic duo of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland.

Despite the Celtics' talent, we believe that the Cavaliers' overall team depth and recent form will give them the edge in this matchup. The Cavaliers have been playing well recently, winning seven of their last 10 games, and they have a well-rounded team with multiple players capable of stepping up and making big plays. In addition, the Cavaliers have already beaten the Celtics twice this season, and they will look to make it a clean sweep against their Eastern Conference rivals.

Taking into account the spread, we predict that the Cavaliers will win by at least 7 points, covering the +6.5 points spread. The Cavaliers have been impressive this season, and we believe that they will continue their strong form and at least cover the spread against the Celtics.

 

PICK: Cavaliers +6.5 (-110)

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